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William Walton (1902-83) Christmas Carol: All this Time: Part 1 + MORE

William Walton’s lovely Christmas carol ‘All this Time’ was written relatively late in his career in 1970. The previous year had witnessed the premiere of the film The Battle of Britain which included music by Walton and Ron Goodwin, although subject to some considerable dissension.  On 1.... More »
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Soprano Christine Goerke on Ring Cycle and the evolution of her voice + MORE

The American dramatic soprano is one of the hottest stars in opera these days. After her debut as Brunhilde, the heroine of Wagner’s Ring Cycle, she stars in Siegfried, debuting Saturday at the Four Seasons Centre in Toronto.... More »
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Saturday Rant - The Total Experience + MORE

When the film of Scott of the Antarctic was premiered in London in the 1950's, the composer RVW attended as the film use his score (the music was later re-used as his Sinfonia Antarctica). At the end of the film, this being a West End cinema, the cinema organist then launched into his usual repertoi.... More »
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The mystery of George Butterworth + MORE

Roderick Williams sang George Butterworth Songs from A Shropshire Lad at tonight's BBC Prom 41 at the Royal Albert Hall. Williams is by far the best best British song specialist around. He has such a warm. conversational style which makes his singing direct and personal. (Read more here) .For my rev.... More »
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Magnificent Performances of Beethoven Sonatas from Llyr Williams + MORE

Beethoven: Llyr Williams (piano), Dora Stoutzker Hall, Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, Cardiff. 8.10,2015 (GPu) Beethoven: Sonata in B flat, Op.22 Sonata in F, Op.54 Andante favori in F Sonata in C, Op.53 – ‘Waldstein’ This was the first concert in Year 2 of Llyr Williams’s complete .... More »
Sam Scranton’s Detritivore is an evening-length ensemble work that is both theatrical and restrained, simultaneously epic and intimate, and was so absorbing that I could not write about it without participating in the reverberations of the piece itself.

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The Brits Off Broadway are coming!

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The Brits Off Broadway are coming!“Ayckborn Ensemble” Through June 29 59E59 Theaters, 59 E. 59th St.

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Pacifica Quartet Partners with Met Opera's Anthony McGill for Mozart and Brahms Clarinet Quintets on Cedille RecordsMozart & Brahms Clarinet QuintetsAnthony McGill www.anthonymcgill.com & Pacifica Quartet Cedille CDR 90000 147 (2014)On May 27, 2014 AfriClassical posted:Anthony McGill, Principal Clarinet of New York Philharmonic, Joins Pacifica Quartet on ‘Mozart & Brahms Clarinet Quintets’ on Cedille CD; free Brahms downloadToday we post a press release on the recording from CedilleRecords…

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An impressive all-Berlioz programme from the period-instrument ensemble, culminating in a blazing performance of the ‘Symphonie fantastique’

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For Francesco d’Avalos

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The composer, conductor, and author Francesco d'Avalos, Prince d’Avalos and Marquis of Vasto and Pescara, great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-grandson of the uncle of Maria d'Avalos, the unlucky first wife of Carlo Gesualdo, died on May 26th at the age of eighty-four, at his palazzo in Naples…

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A Conversation About Orchestra Musicians, PR, And Change

There was a terrific comment from a long time reader, Robert Simonds, the other day in response to the post about the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra Musician website and communication initiatives. Always the deep thinker, Simonds presents some intriguing points that I took some time to address in a reply (albeit belatedly)…

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Corinne Winters talks to Edward Seckerson about life before and after the London TraviataIn February 2013 Corinne Winters created an absolute sensation in her operatic European debut when Peter Konwitschny’s starkly intense staging of Verdi’s La Traviata arrived at English National Opera. Vocally, physically, dramatically her Violetta (“the whore who gets all the best tunes” according to Konwitschny) was so “complete”, so unanimously greeted by superlative reviews, that it marked a highly significant arrival on the international opera scene…

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Interview: Paul Schoenfield

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The Chamber Music Society of Minnesota concludes its season this coming weekend with a performance of Paul Schoenfield's "Sparks of Glory." Steve Staruch spoke with Shoenfield about the piece as it is about to receive its regional premiere.

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Seldom heard since 1986, Harrison Birtwistle’s rural opera still stands up well at the Barbican, says John Allison

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In Russian Program, Hvorostovsky Excels at Shostakovich

– www.seenandheard-international.com

 Glinka, Borodin, Rachmaninoff, Tchaikovsky, and others: Romances on Poems by Alexander Pushkin: Dmitri Hvorostovsky (bass baritone), Ivari Ilja (piano), Davies Symphony Hall, San Francisco. 25.5.2014 (HS) Glinka, Borodin, Rachmaninoff, Tchaikovsky, and others: Romances on Poems by Alexander Pushkin Shostakovich: Suite on Verses of Michelangelo Buonarroti Siberian-born bass-baritone Dmitri Hvorostovsky can sing Verdi with the best […]

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Ensemble. A Veritable Spectacle

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Smetana’s ‘The Bartered Bride’, enjoyed by Roderic Dunnett

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Music Review: A New York Philharmonic Biennial Program From Austria“Beyond Recall,” the latest installment of Contact! and part of the NY Phil Biennial, spread out in the soaring Agnes Gund Garden Lobby at the Museum of Modern Art on Thursday.

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The Chicago Symphony Orchestra is in the midst of a three-week, four-program concert series of works by popular 20th century composers Sergei Prokofiev, Dmitri Shostakovich and Benjamin Britten.

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